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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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661 Ratings
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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%


Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Not to be boastful, but we honestly believe all others pale in comparison to this one. Crisp and hoppy, Philadelphia Pale Ale is brewed with Pilsner malt and American hops, which impart a surprising citrus aroma.

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maxwellboh

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw color with a big head that disappears slowly. Head sticks the sides of the glass. I like that.
S: Citrus smell followed by pine.
T: Very grapefruit and refreshing.
M: Somewhat hoppy feel, stays with you for a while.
D: Better summertime beer, drank this in March. Very clean.

Not a grapefruit eater, so the beer did not appeal to me. But could see many followers of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 03:53:36 | More by maxwellboh
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soilguy

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale golden color - head is very large, white - had to wait for it to settle to finish the pour. - The beer itself was also highly carbonated - a little too much for my liking - it seemed on the extreme end for the style. Very little hop aroma - just a slight woody aroma. The high carbonation made it difficult to discern specific flavor elements. Seemed to be a good summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 00:41:37 | More by soilguy
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the philly airport between terminal B&C

A-This bubbly head, golden light color, hazy, decent retention a little lace

S-Big hoppy green and floral kind of medicinal floral like a stargazer lilly aroma but there is also BO scent there (no really...BO)

T-Big hoppy pine, green and lots of floral . Some malt is quickly pushed back by the floral hops

M-Ligth and fizzy nt a lot there

D-I could only have one of these

Overall-I don't know if this keg was bad or what, but it was quite odd, not like any APA I'v had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2007 18:53:19 | More by jackorain
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allboutbierge

Austria

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent-light brown/orangish color. Pours a tiny fluffy white head that disapates quickly, leaving what looks like a cloud in a sky of orange-brown. A fairly attractive looking beer...Its smell is disappointing though. Somewhat of a grainy and sour aroma. Maybe the style though, this is my first english mild pale ale. Taste is a little sour but its overall hop flavor is an enjoyable bitterness. No prevalant malt taste. Carbonation is non-exsistant and body is medium. Couldnt drink many of these, its too sour. Maybe this one was starting to get a little skunked. I got a six pack of it, if the others taste different I will edit the review.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 14:24:37 | More by allboutbierge
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 12 oz. bottle. The color was golden, with only a bit of head retention. The smell was mostly of malt, with a hint of hops. The taste was mostly yeasty, with a flat aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, not great, but if it was all there was........

Another disappointment from Yards, I'm sorry to say. Maybe their beers are better on cask, but this offering in the bottle is average at best.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 01:41:42 | More by beergeek279
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale golden color, almost more like a straw yellow, with about a finger and a half of white foam. It's hazy, as well, which strikes me as odd for a pale ale. Keeps a thin but full lace and leaves a ring or two of stick.

Smell has a zesty citrus aroma, more like lemons and grapefruit rind than juicy orange. Also a bit of grain and a modest sweetness.

Taste also has some zesty citrus flavor but it quickly turns south as a sharp, metallic astringency takes over the palate. This is at least my 4th Pale Ale from this variety pack so it's not just one bottle, but it's quite bothersome. There is a subtle sweetness, as well, and a grainy bite, plus some bitterness in the finish, but I can't get past the metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side to begin with, and the metallic astringency kills it. It dries out in the finish as well, with the hop bitterness.

I first tried this beer about 2 years ago, right before the whole ownership shakeup or whatever it was, and didn't care for it but wrote it off as QC issues before everything settled down. This is fresh and new, though, and I still don't much care for it. I like the 3 other brews in their variety pack, and who knows, maybe this is better on tap, but this is not a pale ale I'd come back to a 3rd time.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 00:23:27 | More by number1bum
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nickfl

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - an aroma of bready malt, light fruit, and a bit of solventy spice.

T - light, dry malt up front with some lemony tang in the middle. Finishes with lightly peppery notes and a touch of herbal bitterness.

M - A moderately light body, average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is an odd one, very little hop character and a lightly acidic lemon flavor throughout. More like a blonde ale than anything I'd call a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:30:12 | More by nickfl
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this yards brew is, in a word, average. nothing more. nothing less. pours a light amber/orange colour with a bit of a haze and a mild head. fruity and floral smells are apparent. surprisingly, not much taste here. seems more watered down than i would hope for from a yards beer. what you've got here is essentially a basic, a non-daring pale ale. would i drink it again? yes. would i go out of my way to find this brew? no.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 18:56:43 | More by guinness33
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gford217

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Secret Santa thecarster1 poured into a pint glass.

This one pours a hazy straw yellow with a big effervescent head that recedes very quickly to a small cap fed by a steady stream of bubbles. Sparse lacing.

The aroma is very light with lemon zest and toasted bread as the main aromas. There is also a grassy character to the nose as well.

The taste wasn't as good as the aroma for me as there is very little hop presence that I can gather, maybe some faint lemon grass. Unfortunately, there is also a metallic bitterness in the finish which is a little offputting.

The mouthfeel is overcarbonated and very effervescent. It's very light overall, thin in fact.

This is a fairly unimpressive pale, especially in the flavor which leaves a nasty metallic bitterness on the palate after each sip. It's still very refreshing and light-bodied - not bad as a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 00:44:44 | More by gford217
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After moving out to Philadelphia (or what I tell everyone, since I'm right outside) I decided to scout some of the local beers. I came upon a twelve pack sampler from Yards, and decided I would blindly go into it. I had never heard of Yards, but it looked fairly distinguished from the other local brews. The sampler had four of their "signature ales", and I decided to go with the light, easy drinking Philadelphia Pale Ale. Here's my breakdown:

Served from bottle into tumbler pint

A - Light gold, crystal clear, with a light yellow-white bubbly head right off of pour. Slowly fizzles down to a creamier 1/4" head after a few minutes. Retention lasts through the entirety of consumption with little lacing left behind

S - Light, sweet aroma, with a dull hint of some citrus

T - Like the smell; a lightly sweet taste, with citrus notes to add a tangy finish

M - Very light-bodied, clean feel. Very smooth and drinkable

O - I think this is a good beer. Nothing that really jumps out at you, but something that would cater well on a hot summer day. I can see myself getting some of these for a nice barbeque outside, where I don't have to worry about them filling me up. The low ABV (4.6%) will allow for more consumption, too, which is always a plus!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:31:32 | More by BWED
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours out with a golden body with a tall foamy rocky white head that I had to wait for to go down before finishing the pour. Good amount of lacing was left as well when this was consumed. The aroma was overall pretty weak with a light floral and citric scent being the only obvious components. Not the most flavorful either but that taste was interesting as there was a bit of caramel malt mingling with the citric flavors with a touch of pine. Pretty good flavor that could have been better if it was a bit less subtle and tried to get noticed. Mouthfeel was about average for the style with no particular pluses or minuses. Not the most robust and flavorful APA but a decent one none the less that I would probably try on tap if I came across it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 15:38:53 | More by meathookjones
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thin, white, well-retained head.

I thought I lost my sense of smell for a moment...After deep smelling, some citrus becomes noticeable. As the drink progresses, it becomes stonger, but always stays mild. Orange citrus dominates.

The taste, at first, is of strong citrus - stronger than I expected because of thin smell. Orange and grapefruit make a grand appearance. My first thought - is this an IPA? But, upon more sipping the hops become subdued. Unfortunately, not much takes its place. Some barley malt seems to be there, but does not do much more than peek out, overrun by...water (a tad bit too salty water at that). I soon realize - this isn't necessarily overly hoppy as it is lacking in malt. The citrus is okay, but not balanced well. This beer needs more balance in the taste. Water is in place of where more malt should be. As it progresses - well, near the end - it balances out somewhat, but is still lacking.

A certain hop chewiness nearly saves it. And, even a touch more water and it would fall apart. Not as harsh as the first few sips led me to believe.

It does become smoother, as the malt finally makes a brief, though belated, appearance. I was surprised at how quickly it went down, but it did not leave me longing for another. A bit too harsh of a start, a bit too much water in the middle and not balanced enough for me.

Overall - an average-ish pale ale. Not terrible, but nothing more than decent-at-best, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 00:28:47 | More by jwc215
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klewis

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of leftmindedrighty

A: Pours golden with a big frothy head. Good sustain and lots of lace.

S: A light and pleasant raw hop aroma with vegetal notes.

T: Slightly sweet up front followed by a mild bitterness and a slight DMS taste.

M: Light-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Smooth and unobtrusive.

D: The taste is a bit lacking, but all in all, a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 21:03:15 | More by klewis
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, twelve ounce bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in River Edge...
A hefty pour yielded a light, lucid, pale copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild aroma replete with a nice balance of hops and malts...
Taste, likewise, was a similar dichotomy between hops and malts, along with a noticeable citrus essence with a mild hint of vanilla...
Loose, watered-down mouthfeel with an average level of drinkability at best...
Really nothing special...
Mediocore stuff...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 22:22:35 | More by dsa7783
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is golden in color with a fluffy white head that holds pretty well. There are a lot of little floaties in this one, and it looks like a snowglobe, just golden. The aroma was very unique, but I picked up some pale malts and some dough.

The flavor is lacking a bit. It has a sweet start of malts. It then dries out to a taste of white bread. The flavor certainly wasn't bad, it was just simple and there was something missing. I needed more flavor, and maybe a slightly different flavor. It does well for a drinker, however.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 05:56:45 | More by ElGuapo
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very big citrus smell. smell also comes with hints of amalt, as it where

Pours a darker golden, very fizzy, some white head, not much, but some. The citrus hop taste is very very prevelent in this beer, which could be good. Honestly, this tastes less then a beer, and, IMO almost like VO whiskey. I dunno, but for some reason, that is how it feels. Nice, rather drinkable, but I am not overly impressed, nor am I dissapointed

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 03:22:57 | More by PSUDREW
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nomad

Kansas

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

aka Yards Queen's Head Ale...

Poured a light tawny orange, with a tiny bubbly head, little lace or stain, and showing little carbonation. Smelled of florals and bitter fruit scents, a small nuttiness, and a malt that was soft in texture and strength. Taste was of a greeny, grassy, oily hop flavor, with a very light malt in the background. Very thin and drinkable, I'd pay no attention to the numbers, as this a good session beer or a watching-football-beer to choose in Philly.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2003 18:00:30 | More by nomad
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IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from standard 12oz. brown bottle at home.

A: Clear straw coloring. Think head that dissolves surprisingly quickly.
S: Little to be honest. Very faint hint of grapefruit. Maybe some grain, but really not much.
T: Sharp, crisp citrus flavoring, followed closely by a barley malt graininess. The hops come out in the middle, but the earthy taste that followed stood out more.
M: Thin. Goes down easily, but I feel it’s almost too watery.
D: Very drinkable, but I could see myself getting bored with it before too long.

Good pale ale to have on standby. But I’d probably go with something more exciting when available.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 17:51:33 | More by IgnatiusReilly
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KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a case from Canal's in Lindenwold, South Jersey. Bottled on date, I noticed when I got home, was a little more than a year. Not sure how that may have affected the beer, if at all. Poured in a pint glass, it is a clear light gold color. The head is pillowy foam and enormous, taking up half the glass. It dissipated very slowly and left some lacing. Attempted to pour another slowly and the same thing-seems way overcarbonated. Dark brown "flakes" settled to the bottom of the glass-maybe yeast, but have not ever seen that before. Smells of citrusy hops and slightly herbal. Tastes of hops with biscuity malt and an earthy taste. Mouthfeel is light and very carbonated. I think this was an interesting brew. I enjoyed the taste, but was turned off by the overcarbonation, huge head, and brown flakes. As mentioned earlier, the case I bought was pretty old, so I would definately try it again and update this review if I find it different.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 02:14:10 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head on a hazy golden body.

S: tangerine and orange citrus mostly, not much else.

T: not a whole lot of hop flavor. Mostly more citrus and some earthy notes provided by the hops. a bready base. Both are so understated that although balanced this one comes across as a little weak.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: a fairly average beer. Not really what I look for in an APA.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:25:38 | More by kylehay2004
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, tawny-gold hue, thick white head, excellent retention. No lace. Very mediocre nose, rather yeasty, bready with notes of malt… no hops. The invitation is apathetic. More flavorful than expected, sweet and yeasty… bready, lemony… minimal hops influence. Pretty decent palate. Well-balanced. Exceedingly drinkable. Very little carbonation. Medium-light body… pleasant mouthfeel but a tad thin. Overall this is a unique beer with enough subtle attributes to make it enjoyable. Session beer material.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 12:19:25 | More by bditty187
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QuarterHorse

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a a golden straw color with a bright white head.

The aroma is citrusy, mostly lemon, with a hint of apricot and a bit of grass.

There is a very mild cracker like malt flavor, followed by a citusy zing, which settles into an oh so faint breadyness with some bitterness.

A decent pale ale. Maybe a bit light on the hops for an American representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 02:47:56 | More by QuarterHorse
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mobyfann

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $27.99 for a mixed case...

The beer pours a fizzy golden colored base with a huge active white head, so active that I could only pour 10 oz. of the bottle into a pint glass without it overflowing the cup! Nice head retention and specks of lace throughout the beer's sessions. The aroma is very lemony smelling with a backdrop of hop.

The taste is a nice balance of citrus and hop notes, the carbonation as experienced from pour was a very annoying while the beer settled in the mouth. However, still drinkable and light being a 4.3%abv, I would only have one more and move on to greater things, the carbonation is a problem that needs to be fixed...

Final Thought: I'll take a Goose Island Honker's Ale if I want a light pale ale, thank you!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 22:56:44 | More by mobyfann
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, clear yellow with a healthy two-finger head on top that sticks around for a while. Plenty of citrusy hops on the nose that cover most of the smell. Some citrusy grapefruit aromas in there too.

Hops are not as present in the taste as they are in the smell, which is a little disappointing. Citrusy hops up front in a big-ish way, but it doesn't remain so throughout the drink. They seem to get washed out by another flavor, maybe some plain malts that don't do very much to add to the beer. There's definitely a grapfruit zest and even mouthfeel in there as well, but the whole drink leaves a somewhat weird aftertaste in the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, this beer lacks something in the balance. Love the aroma and the attempt for a hoppy pale ale, but just didn't quite have enough to make it memorable.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 05:09:10 | More by chodinheaven
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Philly Public House on 8/1/12, served in a shaker pint.

Pour: Clear golden with a finger and a half of white head. Does not leave much lacing.

Smell: Citrus and floral hops with a honey sweetness thrown in.

Taste: Pretty unexpected hop character that is quite flavorful. Grassy hops, with a light pine and citrus. Bready sweetness. Maybe it was the blandness of the Yuengling I had before, but this taste pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Really light. As light as the Yuengling. Goes down easy and refreshing.

Overall: Pretty solid, and took my by surprise as being this solid.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 00:41:46 | More by cfrances33
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
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